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Writeidea Programme Sunday

All the events are FREE. You can just come along on the day but most events will be very popular and we strongly advise booking a ticket in advance. We allocate more tickets than there is capacity in order to allow for the high number of no-shows that unfortunately happen when events are free of charge. Please arrive early as entry to events is on a first come-first served basis, with ticket holders getting priority.

For hearing impaired members of the audience, a number of our events will have live subtitles, also known as speech-to-text transcription (STT) provided by Stage Text www.stagetext.org These will be marked with the Stage text logo.

 

Sunday 17 November

 
david rosenberg

David Rosenberg
Walk: Radicals and Rebels in the Brick Lane Area 1880s-1970s
11:00am - 1:00pm

Brick Lane is famous for its curries and bagels and street market, but it also has a rich history of social and political struggle. It was on Brick Lane and the streets that cross it that many struggles and campaigns for better lives were created and developed and fought over, literally. Come on this walk to find out about the individuals and groups that played their part in this rich history.

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Dan Hancox

Dan Hancox
Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime
1:00pm

Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime weaves the story of London’s grime music, and its triumph against the odds, into the history of the 21st-century city, where gentrification, urban protest, pirate radio, police harassment, riots and tragedy are intertwined in the evolution of this creative style of grassroots urban music. On a local note, Langdon Park School in Tower Hamlets features in the book as the place attended by Dizzee Rascal, and Dan Hancox acknowledges the influence of the school’s then Head of Arts in the musician’s development.

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Christopher Skaife

Christopher Skaife
The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
1:00pm

Interweaving history, naturalhistory and myth, this is the first behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens at Britain’s most famous national monument. Over the years in which he has cared for the physical and mental wellbeing of these remarkable birds Christopher Skaife has come to know them like no-one else. Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk, says Skaife is “A born storyteller with a gift for banter…It is a beguiling, fascinating and highly amusing account of the strangely magical birds.”

This event will have speech-to-text transcription provided by Stage Text

 

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Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty
Platform Seven
1:00pm

Best-selling author of Apple Tree Yard (and Writeidea patron) Louise Doughty will be talking about her latest novel, Platform Seven. “No one is more desperate to understand what connects the two deaths at Platform Seven than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die…” Deborah Moggach says of Platform Seven: “Utterly mesmerizing, with the pace of a thriller and a sense of profound mystery in the most ordinary of settings. I was hooked from its start to its nerve-racking, surprising finish.”

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resist

Resist
Stories of Uprising
1:00pm

Building on the success of Comma’s previous project, Protest: Stories of Resistance, this anthology challenges 20 acclaimed authors to get under the skin of key moments of British protest. Working closely with historians, crowd scientists and activists, these stories reimagine events through the eyes of the people involved, and take in every form of resistance.

We are delighted to welcome three contributors to this anthology: Luan Goldie, Nikita Lalwani and Uschi Gatward who, we’re proud to note, is a past winner of the Writeidea Short Story Prize.

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short story awards

Writeidea Prize: Short Story Awards 
1:00pm

Join us for an awards ceremony where the winners of our short story competitions will be announced.
The Writeidea 2019 Short Story Prize is a competition aimed at writers who have never been published before.
The Writeidea ESOL Prize is a local short story prize for learners enrolled on Idea Store Learning ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses.

THIS EVENT IS NOT TICKETED

   

enbenbeldersco credit Dan Martin

 

 

English National Ballet
ENBEldersCo

1:00pm
The English National Ballet is moving to the East End. 
To celebrate this, the ENBEldersCo will be performing at Writeidea and demonstrating how ballet and contemporary dance can be for everyone. Launched in 2018, ENBEldersCo offers individuals aged 55+ an inspiring opportunity to develop their dance practice in an inclusive, friendly environment, promoting well-being and strength. They will prepare a sharing of their usual class which will be based around their current programme of activity on ENB’s Akram Khan’s Giselle.

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Philippa Stockley

Philippa Stockley
Restoration Stories
2:30pm

Philippa Stockley, journalist, novelist and painter, returns with a fully-illustrated talk on her new book, Restoration Stories, about 16 restorations of mainly 18th century houses, mostly in Tower Hamlets. Stockley restored her own home, so along with many great images there’ll be time to discuss paint, lime, woodworm, rot and all the delights and horrors of old houses with the audience. 

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Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson
The Language of Birds
2:30pm

The Language of Birds is a hypnotic and thought-provoking novel inspired by the sensational Lord Lucan case, by best-selling author and Writeidea patron, Jill Dawson. Drawing on the infamous murder, this compelling novel explores the crime from a fresh perspective and brings to vivid life an era when women’s voices all too often went unheard. Jill Dawson has an unparalleled gift for turning real people into characters in her fiction and in her depiction of the nanny gives life to the too often forgotten victim. 

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Naomi Wood

Naomi Wood
The Forgotten Women of the Bauhaus
2:30pm

In the centenary year of the Bauhaus school of art and design, you will probably hear of Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. But you might not hear so much about the women photographers, designers and weavers. Digging through the audio-visual archives, and profiling some of the most exciting artists of the 1920s avant-garde, novelist Naomi Wood will explore the life and work of the Bauhaus women who deserve to be put back in the record books. 

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Vivi Lachs

Vivi Lachs
Whitechapel Noise
2:30pm

Whitechapel Noise tells new tales of an immigrant culture in flux through the abundant Yiddish couplets written in pre-first world war London. Heartbreaking ballads of children in poverty and strident union songs depict hard lives and the struggle for improved conditions. Hilarious music hall songs with edgy lyrics display the changing nature of sexual relationships, marital disharmony and abuse. Satirical verse pinpoints how immigrants grappled with modernising religious practice, and they tell these stories with humour, intensity, and passion.

This event will have speech-to-text transcription provided by Stage Text

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James Lubbock

James Lubbock
Breaking Dad
2:30pm

In December 2009 the media reported the arrest of a ‘drug baron’ with the biggest haul of crystal meth ever seen in Britain. Behind the headlines was a story the reporters never discovered, a story more sensational than they could ever have wished for. This drug baron was, in fact, just a few years before, a meek law-abiding suburban family man – James Lubbock’s dad, Richard. In Breaking Dad James tells the whole shocking tale:  “Think you’ve got a dysfunctional family? Meet mine”.

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bards without borders

Bards Without Borders
On Belonging
2:30pm

Bards Without Borders, a collective of poets and performers from refugee and migrant background, will be presenting their latest writing development, On Belonging.
Bards bring tales of those who came before and their own experiences, to explore how a sense of belonging to a place, to a country, to a nation is formed; why and how we become bound to each other. From a personal to a collective response to the challenging times in the past and in the present.
What unites us and what is dividing us? Is it still possible to create a modern myths On Belonging? Accompanied by music, bards will use their wordsmith skills to make us wanting to belong.

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David Laird

David Laird
125 Years of Tower Bridge
4:00pm

Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world, is 125 years old this year. The iconic structure is one of London’s most visited attractions and a defining feature of our capital. David Laird, an expert on the bridge, will share with us the stories behind the engineering, the people, the architecture and the city that created this landmark. 
Want to visit? Tickets to the bridge cost £9.80, but Tower Hamlets residents with proof of address and photo ID get in for only £1, and accompanying children under 5 are free. 

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Cathi Unsworth and Jordan

Cathi Unsworth and Jordan
Defying gravity; Jordan’s story
4:00pm

With her white beehive and Mondrian make-up, Jordan’s look helped shape a revolution and is still an iconic part of pop culture. How did a ballet-mad girl from sleepy Sussex make her way – via the gay clubs of Brighton and London – to 430 King’s Road and the eye of punk’s storm? Jordan and Cathi Unsworth tell the outrageous life story of punk’s poster girl and bring to light all kinds of unexpected gems. “If you’ve never read a book about punk, this is the only one you’ll ever need” (Julie Burchill)

This event will have speech-to-text transcription provided by Stage Text

 

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Common People: A Panel Discussion
Louise Doughty, Alex Wheatle and Eva Verde
4:00pm

With half of all authors and writers coming from the middle class, compared to just 10% from working class backgrounds, Common People, a collection of original pieces by working class writers, is an attempt to redress the balance. Working class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed. Written in celebration, not apology, this anthology gives voice to perspectives that are increasingly absent from our books and newspapers. Common People ensures they are heard loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class.

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Ruth Badley

Ruth Badley
Where are the Grown-Ups?
4:00pm

Where are the Grown-Ups? is a frank examination of parent and child relationships, through three generations of the author’s family. Her maternal grandmother, Rose, a cigarette maker from London’s Jewish East End, died following childbirth in 1930 at the age of 25. The author’s mother, Sylvia, was subsequently adopted by an aunt and uncle. A non-linear narrative moves from present day Dubai, to 1960s and 70s North London, and to the Jewish East End between the wars. The story concludes in East London during 2017. 

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mile end community project

Film: Changing Tastes— Whitechapel’s south Asian Restaurants
Mile End Community Project
4:00pm

We are delighted to present a short film, Changing Tastes which explores the history of the South Asian restaurant trade in Whitechapel. The palate is one of the best barometers of social change and Whitechapel’s history can be tracked though the menus of its restaurants. This film uses interviews with restaurant owners to capture a strand of this history, looking at how Bangladeshi and Pakistani eateries are changing and evolving.
Made in partnership with UEL and the Survey of London.

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Matthew Green

Matthew Green
A History of London 
5:30pm

Discover how London cracked out of its medieval shell, sprawled into the suburbs and emerged as a "human awful wonder of God" in this mesmerising, vividly illustrated talk by Dr Matthew Green, author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time which has been hailed by the Londonist as "easily the most engaging social history of London for a decade". Hear tales of medieval bear pits, Georgian coffee houses, Victorian pornography shacks, medieval zoos and more, in this whirlwind tour of the capital's past which will be seared into the soft wax of your mind forever. Once you have experienced this, you will never see London in the same light again.

This event will have speech-to-text transcription provided by Stage Text
   

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Kay Seeley

Kay Seeley
A Girl Called Hope
5:30pm

Kay Seeley is a writer of novels, short stories and poetry. A Girl Called Hope, is her fourth novel set in nineteenth century London’s East End. Kay writes with passion and inspiration in this evocatively written tale about a family’s struggle to stay together when fate is pulling them apart. Love, loyalty, tragedy and betrayal all play their part in this gripping story. Kay’s previous novels were all shortlisted for The Wishing Shelf Book Award, and The Guardian Angel was a number one best-seller. Join her to talk about books, writing, research, Victorians and life in general.

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Movies, Memories, Magic

Movies, Memories, Magic
A Documentary Film
5:30pm

Movies, Memories, Magic is a dynamic new documentary exploring the vibrant history of South Asian cinema in London which, from the winding alleyways of Brick Lane to the bustling streets of Southall, shaped trends in music, food, fashion and politics. The film won a Queen Mary University Community Engagement Award in 2018, and has been screened in several cities from Johannesburg and Bangalore to Singapore. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your own memories of cinema to this screening.

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Klezmer Klub

Klezmer Klub
Klezmer music, singing and dancing – join in!
7:00pm

We’re rounding off Writeidea 2019 with a performance from Klezmer Klub. Klezmer is, at its heart, dance music, wedding music, both wild and tender. Often described as bitter-sweet, it came out of poverty and oppression. Both dances and song contain joy, exhilaration and wit alongside the sadness, anger and defiance. A Klezmer Klub gig typically sees the audience joining in with both singing and dancing, the traditional dance steps being taught by Vivi Lachs in a simple, direct fashion that 
get everyone involved.

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